Nov 12, 2010 1:28 PM by Greg Boyce

Woman fights for her life against rare disease

A Pueblo bar will hold a fundraiser tomorrow for a woman with a debilitating skin disease.

Michelle Payen, 33, was a runner and kick-boxer until three years ago when her fingers started turning blue.  She has scleroderma, an auto-immune disease that causes the skin, blood vessels, muscles and tendons to harden and shrink.  Eventually it can affect major organs.

She's hoping for a stem cell transplant and is trying to raise money to pay her medical bills.

A dinner, raffle and bake sale are planned tomorrow from 1 to 6 p.m. at Kim's Pixie Inn at 440 S. Santa Fe in Pueblo.


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